Eccentricity & Orbits of Planets


Choose an answer and hit 'next'. You will receive your score and answers at the end.

question 1 of 3

What does eccentricity measure?

Create Your Account To Take This Quiz

As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.

Try it risk-free
Try it risk-free for 30 days. Cancel anytime
Already registered? Log in here for access

1. What is the eccentricity of a circular orbit?

2. Which planet is the most eccentric in its orbit? (Not counting dwarf planets like Pluto.)

Create your account to access this entire worksheet
A Premium account gives you access to all lesson, practice exams, quizzes & worksheets
Access to all video lessons
Quizzes, practice exams & worksheets
Certificate of Completion
Access to instructors
Create an account to get started Create Account

About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the eccentric characteristics of planets and measure your understanding of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will be quizzed on the following:

  • What eccentricity measures
  • Determining the eccentricity of a parabolic trajectory
  • The most eccentric planet in its orbit

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what eccentricity measures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about determining the eccentricity of a parabolic trajectory
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the most eccentric planet in its orbit and interpret it correctly.

Additional Learning

To learn more about planets and their eccentricity, review the lesson called Eccentricity & Orbits of Planets. The lesson will cover the following areas:

  • The definition of eccentricity
  • Eccentricity of planets
  • Formula for determining eccentricity
  • Example calculation of a planet's eccentricity